Sunday, January 31, 2010

Homemade chalkboards

I just finished making three chalkboard signs for our wedding reception. I really wanted to have them to provide info and add to the cool factor (well, James and I think they're cool). I like thier casual vibe. Inspiration:



At first I was going to buy new ones or try to find them at a thrift store, but then I realized I could make them myself. Chalkboard paint is this awesome invention - whatever you spray it on becomes a chalkboard surface when it dries.

Supplies:
3 thrift store frames - $5 and $4 each
Gold spray paint - $6
Chalkboard spray paint - $8
Masonite wood board - free from Dad

I just took out the ugly pictures that came with the frames and spray painted them gold in the back yard. They needed 2 coats and I let them dry for a few hours.

Before

During (There are leaves on the ground because I actually did this part last Fall, and finished the rest today)

After

Dad cut me pieces of masonite board to put into the frames (thanks Dad!), and I painted those with the chalkboard paint - 2 coats and an afternoon to dry.

Before

After

Here they are! I love them and I'm so proud that I was able to make exactly what I wanted!

(Obviously these will be written out neater for the real thing.)

6 comments:

Stefanie K. said...

Wow, those look AWESOME! Great job!

Amber said...

I looooove these! Great job, girl! I've been dying to paing something with chalkboard paint but I can't think of anything I need a chalkboard for haha!

Deelsu said...

I'm new to your blog but getting married in 17days.. love this idea!
stop by and say hi sometime..
Dee

Rose said...

those turned out so well! my bff is so talented :)

Kristin said...

LOVE this. I've so been wanting to make my own but I am way DIY challenged. That's my bloggy partner's specialty!

just another Belle said...

these look FANTASTIC! they really came out great!